T'hy'la (Star Trek: TOS anthology)/Issues 11-20

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Issue 11

front cover of issue #11, Caren Parnes

T'hy'la 11 was published in 1992 and has 157 pages. Contains stories by Sharon St. James, Ellen O'Neil, Amanda Warrington, Carolyn Spencer, Ursula Tulle, Dana Austin Marsh. Art by Marilyn Cole, Deeb, Caren Parnes, Sherry Veltkamp. Covers by Marilyn Cole (back) and Caren Parnes (front).

  • Parted and Forever Parted, Part II by Sharon St. James, p. 2-51. The conclusion of Sharon’s acclaimed story. Kirk’s only chance to regain his lost memory is with T’Pau of Vulcan - the woman who has forbidden his bonding to Spock. What price will she demand for her assistance?
  • “A Brief Encounter” by Amanda Warrington, p. 54-67. On leave and incognito, the newly-promoted Captain James T. Kirk meets a fascinating young Vulcan - who is also traveling under an assumed name, for reasons of his own... From behind the chess set, Kirk was able to study the young Vulcan closely, noting his distinguished features and lean athletic body. As he continued to gaze, it dawned on him that he was looking at one of the few men he found physically attractive and wondered idly what it would be like to have sex with an ice-cool Vulcan, male or female.
  • P.R. by Ursula Tulle, p. 70-86. "Mendez inhaled deeply and braced himself. “The Enterprise has been assigned to provide assistance for a series of Via-Galactic Holo productions.” Kirk recognized the famous entertainment company. “WHAT? You mean - mean VG Holo? Show business? US?” A sexy Deltan actress wreaks havoc on the tentative beginnings of a relationship between Kirk and Spock.
back cover of issue #11, Marilyn Cole
  • The Last Wave by Carolyn Spencer, p. 90-127. "With one quick movement, the Vulcan was in the sleeping alcove. He snatched something from the wall and returned to drop to his knees in front of Kirk. Laying on the palms of his upturned hands was an ornate dagger... The blade was not overly long but looked to be wickedly sharp... “This is called a dashiek’atar. It literally means ‘freedom giver’ in the Old Tongue. It is a weapon from Vulcan’s Pre-Reform past. When a warrior became incapacitated in mind or body, his T’hy’la would honorably end his life with this. A cut here...,” he indicated the prominent vein in his neck, ‘and his Katra would be freed.”
  • Told You So by Dana Austin Marsh, p. 129-136. "'So, you gonna tell me why you’ve been acting like a sun about to go nova?” The doctor leaned back in his chair, ready to be father, friend, confessor or ass-kicker, depending on the current need. “Spock and I can’t agree what to do on our upcoming leave.” Kirk admitted. “It’s only four days in orbit around Lamorin. Not like you have a helluva lot of choice,” the doctor reminded. Only by main force and a healthy dose of self preservative instinct did he refrain from laughing. The legendary Captain of the Enterprise had been turned into a yeoman-chewing tenor by a marital spat.'"
  • The Quality of Command by Ellen O'Neil, p. 140-157. Will their new relationship affect Kirk’s ability to command? Or will his insistence on keeping Spock out of danger consign them both to ground assignments? "Kirk impatiently turned back to Spock. “Mr. Spock, get down to sickbay.” “But, Captain, I must point out the illogic in—” Kirk’s open palm hit the arm of the command chair and his tone moved past impatient and on to exasperated. “Spock, I gave you an order. You will obey it! Don’t argue with me.” Kirk turned back to face the helm. Spock stared at Kirk’s stiff profile perplexedly fin a moment. Then he turned and left the bridge."

Poetry:

  • Dreaming in Code by Ellen O'Neil, p. 1 (also in Nome)
  • Childhood by Danielle Stewart, p. 52-53
  • A Treasure; Rose; My Strength by Carol Lance, p. 68-69
  • Kirk/Spock by DVS, p. 87
  • Space Fall by Robin Hood, p. 87
  • The Uncharted by Robin Hood, p. 89
  • I'll Stay by Carol Lance, p. 128
  • The Explorer by Ellen O'Neil, P. 138-139

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 11

See reactions and reviews for The Last Wave.
See reactions and reviews for Told You So.
See reactions and reviews for The Quality of Command.
See reactions and reviews for A Brief Encounter.
See reactions and reviews for Dreaming in Code.
See reactions and reviews for P.R..
See reactions and reviews for Parted and Forever Parted.

Issue 12

T'hy'la 12 was published in 1992 and contains 187 pages. Covers: Marilyn Cole. Art & illustrations: Sukona. From Media Monitor: "Kirk's refusal of the mindmeld leads to soul-deep changes; An alien being takes over everyone on the Enterprise - except for Spock, who must confront the 'wolf' in his lover as well as the lamb; Kirk finds a porn magazine in Spock's quarters which leads him to rethink everything about his reticent First Officer; a book of dreams leads Kirk and Spock into some strange and unusual fantasies."

wraparound front cover of issue #12, Marilyn Cole: "Magnificent wrap-around cover showing Kirk enmeshed in a net spun from Spock's fingers. Beautifully done body proportions, and the faces are perfectly portrayed. Very few artists can exactly capture both Kirk's and Spock's faces. (I especially liked the intensity on Spock's.) Ms. Cole consistently proves she can do this with ease. Her figures are so alive, they practically leap off the page! And is it my imagination, or is part of the web spinning back to enclose Spock as well? That one even looks long enough to visualize details like this is a tribute to Ms. Cole's expertise." [1]
back cover of issue #12, Marilyn Cole: "Spock on the back throwing a web to capture Kirk on the front. I loved that it was done this way as when one turns the zine over, either the reason for the web (Spock), or the result of the web (Kirk) is revealed. It creates a nice surprise. Absolutely wonderful rendition. Imaginative, unusual, beautifully done, as always, by a fabulous artist." [2]
  • Pursuing Hyacinths by Jenna Sinclair, p. 2-58 (Kirkʼs problem with their melding creates problems in his relationship with Spock. )[Note states that related stories in Jenna Sinclair's universe include the novel Sharing the Sunlight and "Reflections on a Lunar Landscape" in Counterpoint #7.]
  • Dream a Little Dream of Me by Elyce Rai Helford, p. 59-60 (With Spock temporarily away from the ship, Kirk tries to make his lonely nights easier to bear.)
  • The Terran Teaser Meets the Double Whammy by Ellen O'Neil, p. 66-85 (Kirk discovers a homosexual magazine and a human dildo in Spockʼs cabin.)
  • The Lover Within by Ellen O'Neil, p. 86-108 (An alien intelligence takes over the entire crew of the Enterprise except Spock, and Kirkʼs love for him is the only thing keeping the Vulcan alive.)
  • A Sick (Bay) Story by Ellen O'Neil, p. 109-115 (Kirk and Spock play 'doctor.')
  • Perspective by Alex Kane, p. 116-128 (Kirk tries to come to terms with his life after Spock flees to Gol, but the reason for the Vulcanʼs flight is never far from his mind.)
  • Anniversary Gift by Kate Singer, p. 129-135 (Spock gives Jim a statue of an Aztec fertility god for an anniversary gift, causing unforseen effects in both of them.)
  • Bargains by T'Other, p. 136-137 (Kirk loses out an advancement due to his relationship with Spock.)
  • A Deltan Decameron by Frances Rowes, p. 140-187 (Spock learns to release his fantasies in order to aid in his relationship as Kirkʼs lover.)

Poetry

  • Time of Joy; Time by Dana Austin Marsh, p. 1
  • The Stray; The Unsaid Word by Ellen O'Neil, p. 61
  • Lead & Follow; Flying Kites by Dana Austin Marsh, p. 62-63
  • Requiem by Ellen O'Neil, p. 138
  • You Touch Me, p. 139

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 12

See reactions and reviews for A Deltan Decameron.
See reactions and reviews for Pursuing Hyacinths.
See reactions and reviews for Bargains.
See reactions and reviews for Dream a Little Dream of Me.
See reactions and reviews for The Lover Within.
See reactions and reviews for A Sick (Bay) Story.
See reactions and reviews for Perspective.
See reactions and reviews for Anniversary Gift.
See reactions and reviews for The Terran Teaser Meets the Double Whammy.

Issue 13

cover of issue #13, by Caren Parnes

T'hy'la 13 was published in March 1994 (yes, out of order) and contains 97 pages. It has menage a trois stories as well as stories that pair Spock and McCoy, along with the usual K/S. Cover: Caren Parnes. Art & illustrations: Sherry Veltkamp, Cat.

From a submission request: "Now looking for the unusual and controversial for this special issue. menages, Spock/McCoy, Kirk/HcCoy, other "/" pairings in the Classic Trek universe."

T’hy’la 13 is a departure in the series, as the editor wanted to present Kirk and Spock with other partners included in their relationship. There was some trouble with a story that was submitted, that at the last moment was discovered to be plagiarized to the extent that it was unpublishable. (This is a problem that pops up now and then in every fandom, I think, and it’s really fortunate that Kathleen discovered this before the zine was printed.) As a consequence, the zine is shorter than all other T’hy’la zines, only ninety-seven pages, and it was published out of order. T’hy’la 12 was printed in 1992, T’hy’la 14 in 1993, and T’hy’la 13 in 1994. [3]

Poetry:

  • On Top of Mount Seleya ("filk to On Top of Old Smoky") by Doctor Feel-not-so-good, p. 77
  • Picking up the Pieces; Three Under the Mistletoe; A Roll of the Dice; Where a Healer Belongs by Linda Frankel, p. 78-82

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 13

See reactions and reviews for Over the Edge.
See reactions and reviews for Trinary.
See reactions and reviews for Fire and Midnight.
See reactions and reviews for Where Eagles Fly.
See reactions and reviews for Yesterday.

Issue 14

back cover of issue #14, Fiona Graves: for comments on this art, see review below
front cover of issue #14, Fiona Graves: "These are lovely, accurate double portraits of Kirk and Spock with a circular design element in the background of each, which not only ties the figures together, but shows that the front and back covers are related, even though one is horizontal and the other is vertical. In each, one of the guys is giving the other a speculative glance. Fiona does an excellent job of relating the figure in the background to the one in the foreground -- not as easy a task as it may seem..." [see the rest of the comments below] [4]

T'hy'la 14 contains 157 pages. It was published in October 1993. It has art by Fiona Graves (covers), Cat, and Virginia Lee Smith.

art from issue #14 by Virginia Lee Smith
cartoon from issue #14 by Cat. One line reads: "Moi je pencherais plutot pour la theorie du double noeud de Feyrer." [5]
  • Journey by Lee Owens Sansome (1)
  • The Flame of Chaos by Carolyn Spencer (When Spock returns from a visit home, he rejects his lover, Kirk, and itʼs only after he collapses is the truth of what has been done to him is revealed.) (2)
  • Mirror or Loneliness and Forest of Stars by Robin Hood (41)
  • R&R by Danielle Stewart (42)
  • Desire by Mildred Manhill (During an Argellian “Halloween” Spock enters a carnival funhouse and encounters his desire for Kirk.) (44)
  • After and Home by Patt (47)
  • Hesitation by Lee Owens Sansome (49)
  • Thou, Under the Willow by J S Cavalcante (During a storm on a planet theyʼre charting, Kirk and Spock take refuge in the hollowed out trunk of a tree.) (50)
  • High Stakes by Karla Kelly (68)
  • Nothing to Sneeze At by Dana Austin Marsh (While on a diplomatic mission, Kirkʼs allergy to the inhabitants is remedied by a drug that he has an even worse reaction to.) (69)
  • Chastisement by Patt (80)
  • Both Feet and Talk by Patt (81)
  • In the Dark Unclear by Kathy Stanis (Kirk buries the memory of his pain during his time on Earth, alone while Spock was at Gol, until dredged up by Sybok.) (82)
  • How Many Times by Heidi Bloebaum (94)
  • Reunion by L. A. Lee (95)
  • His Loss by Kate Singer (96)
  • Reconciliation by C. Diane Mamaril (After the Klingon Peace Conference, Kirk in bed with his bondmate, happy that they are once more at peace with each other.) (98)
  • Abed by Danielle Stewart (104)
  • Moon Gold by Robin Hood (105)
  • Koon Ut Kalifee by Karla Kelly (105)
  • Son of Sarek by Jenna Sinclair (Spock is troubled by a childhood event that is brought forward by a ceremony they are to watch on the planet they are visiting. Prequel: Double Trouble. Sequel: Promises To Keep.) (106)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 14

See reactions and reviews for Thou, Under the Willow.
See reactions and reviews for Son of Sarek.
See reactions and reviews for The Flame of Chaos.
See reactions and reviews for Desire.
See reactions and reviews for In the Dark Unclear.
See reactions and reviews for Reconciliation.
See reactions and reviews for Nothing to Sneeze At.
[the front and back covers]: These are lovely, accurate double portraits of Kirk and Spock with a circular design element in the background of each, which not only ties the figures together, but shows that the front and back covers are related, even though one is horizontal and the other is vertical. In each, one of the guys is giving the other a speculative glance. Fiona does an excellent job of relating the figure in the background to the one in the foreground -- not as easy a task as it may seem. Each figure is projecting a different attitude and mood, which adds to the special quality of these drawings. Fiona is a very talented artist, rendering her work in realistic detail. Her use of light and shadow in the faces and figures is expertly done. The folds in the clothing are given as much attention as the shadows on the faces or the highlights in the hair. One must be careful that this attention to detail does not work against the intent of the artist and weaken what she is trying to show. In particular, the wrinkles in Kirk's shirt and collar on the back almost compete for attention with his beautifully drawn face. I say "almost" because it is not as distracting in this illustration as it might be in less talented hands. Since we, as artists, are not cameras, we are not forced to show every detail as it appears in life or in the photos most of us use as reference material. We are free to make choices about what to emphasize and what to merely suggest. In all, these are wonderful covers and I look forward to seeing Fiona's future work. [6]

Issue 15

cover of issue #15, cover by Caren Parnes — "[Parnes'] artwork causes me to do some serious genuflecting (such as that gorgeous cover of T'hy'la #15)."[7]

T'hy'la #15 was published in May 1994 and has 178 pages. The color cover is by Caren Parnes; additional artwork by Fiona Graves (portfolio) and DJW. In the table of contents, Dana Austin Marsh's name is misspelled as "Dana Austin March."

This zine is notable for being the first media fanzine to print a CGA. From Dribbling Scribbling Women: The History of Our Art:
Kathy also printed the first CGA to be published in K/S fandom. She tells us, “I published several CGAs in T’hy’la 15 (May 1994) to accompany Amanda W’s story ‘The Kiss.’ The CGAs were created by her husband, DJW. I do not know the name of the photo manipulation program he used, but it was the first time I encountered this concept. I visited her during this time and her husband demonstrated the program to me. I was fascinated by what he was able to achieve, and even more so, by the implications of what similar programs would be able to accomplish in the future. I recognized right away that this was a new art form. I knew immediately I wanted to print work of this type as well as traditional hand artwork.
From the editorial:
What do I enjoy the most in stories? Emotional Intensity. Good plots. Hot sex. First times, established relationships, Mirror Universe stories and A/U's are always welcome. Artists, please send samples of your work. I can use pencil work, but of course pen and ink is always welcome!

I've seen a lot of truly excellent writing in K/S in the past year or three, and there has definitely been an upturn in interest, New writers are taking on challenging themes and doing intense examinations of the characters of Kirk and Spock. K/S has been around for about 20 years now — I've read almost everything that's ever been done — and I'm continually surprised and pleased by the fresh insights writers bring to these very special characters. Keep the stories coming! (in more ways than one... Oh, bad pun!) I am also open to novel-length work, and plan to bring out at least one K/S novel, “The Mystic Bond” by Susan K. Dundas in 1994. So if you have a piece you've felt was too long to submit to me in the past, please send it on in.

Contributions may be submitted on IBM compatible word processing programs, on 3K"or 5K" diskettes. Please send hard copy as well, and let me know which word processing program you’ve used.
  • Twice I Have Lived Forever by Lee Sansome Owers (Kirk is in anguish over his and Spockʼs broken bond, a bond the Vulcan has not remembered since the fal tor pan.) (1)
  • After Words by Dana Austin March (44)
  • Making Peace With the Enemy Within by Anzia Lapavsky (Spock is just as “split” as Kirk when his bondmate is divided into two men by the transporter.) (45)
  • The Tie That Binds by Dana Austin March (49)
  • “The Kiss” by Amanda Warrington (Sent to retrieve a scientist the Federation fears has gone over to the Romulans, Kirk and Spock end up in a kiss while undercover and trying to keep the man under surveillance in a gay bar.) (50)
  • By the Book” by Dana Austin Marsh (Kirk buys a sex manual and suggests to Spock they try out all the positions.) (85)
  • Green Darkness by Ida Vega (88)
  • Contemplation by L.A. Lee (117)
  • A Shot in the Dark by Dana Austin Marsh (Kirk and Spock participate in a test to measure the effects of the deprivation of one bondmate from the other.) (118)
  • To the Waters and the Wild by Patricia Roe (A story focusing on Kirk's restlessness between missions and need to return to his roots. Spock journeys with him and, following an ancient Terran ritual, decides to court his love.) (119)
  • Party Time by Danielle Stewart (As Kirk exits an establishment for male-male coupling, he meets his “dream man”.) (138)
  • Walk With Me by Dana Austin March (145)
  • Shakedown by T'Other (After Spockʼs rebirth, Kirk is finally able to put aside his fears and face the love heʼs held for years.) (146)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 15

See reactions and reviews for Twice I Have Lived Forever.
See reactions and reviews for To the Waters and the Wild.
See reactions and reviews for Shakedown.
See reactions and reviews for The Kiss.
See reactions and reviews for Making Peace With the Enemy Within.
See reactions and reviews for Party Time.
See reactions and reviews for By the Book.
See reactions and reviews for Green Darkness.

Issue 16

front cover of issue #16, Shelley Butler, "Dreaming"

T'hy'la 16 was published in 1995 and contains 194 pages. Covers by Shelley Butler; color frontispiece by Deeb. Additional art by Deeb and Kathy Stanis. It won a 1995 STIFfie Award.

  • Grand Canyon Sweet by Michele Arvizu, p. 1-6 (Kirk isnʼt sure if the first step taken between him and Spock shouldnʼt be the last.)
  • In the Dark by J S Cavalcante, p. 7-28 (an AU) (Cupid & Psyche Retold/ Kirk is left as sacrifice to “gods” but is taken by Spock as a companion.)
  • Decisions / Endings / Interdict - trilogy of stories by Rosemarie Heaton
  • Kiss My Vulcan... by Mildred Manhill, p. 71-79 (Spock is unwilling to tell Kirk that he is entering pon farr, despite McCoyʼs threat to do so if he doesnʼt.)
  • Crossing the Line by Kathy Stanis, p. 83-90 (Kirk as a crossdresser.)
  • Tilting at Windmills by Pandora, p. 91-95 (While hiding away in the Observation Room, Chapel sees first hand Kirk and Spockʼs sexual relationship.) (also in Kismet)
  • Shadows by Alice Hooker, p. 96-131 (A Gothic romance, A/U: Lord Spock is immediately taken with the young human slave who prevents him from committing suicide.)
back cover of issue #16, Shelley Butler, "Change of Uniform" -- "No one does blue jean and what's inside them—quite like Shelley. I especially love the Spock. A friend and I spent some amount of time discussing whether Spock would cock his hip like that. She's a Trekker who loves the idea of K/S but isn't really a reader, and she laughs at us, that I would say I think Spock would not cock his hip like that, not under "normal" circumstances even considering K/S. She says with all the stuff we have them do, she can't believe I'd quibble over a point such as that. I understand this particular point of distinction very well, and I know you do too. But she thinks it's funny. I decided that he's in front of a mirror, trying out what he thinks Kirk might like, or maybe what he's observed Kirk doing, A drawing like this, besides being exquisite in its execution, is a pleasure because we get to imagine the circumstance surrounding it." [12]
  • Tholian Legacy by Patricia Roe, p. 143-149 (ST:TMP) (Long suppressed events surrounding his time in Tholian space rise to the surface when Kirk must once again don a spacesuit and go after Spock who has left the ship to meld with VʼGer.)
  • "Certainties of Being" by M.E Carter, p. 153-194 (won a 1995 STIFfie Award) (Spock ponders leaving the Enterprise to be part of a Medusan team when Kirk discovers that they have been bonded and reacts badly to the idea.)

Poetry:

  • Time by Dana Austin Marsh, p. 29
  • Iowa Dreams by Natasha Solten, p. 29
  • Changes by Khylara, p. 69
  • I'm not afraid of being alone; Twilight by Patt, p. 70
  • Love by Khylara, p. 70
  • Walking by Patt, p. 79
  • Final Oasis by Natasha Solten, p. 81
  • Valediction by Lee Owers Sansome, p. 82
  • Time of Joy by Dana Austin Marsh, p. 82
  • To War among the Stars by Judi, p. 132-142 (won a 1995 STIFfie Award) (an epic AU poem)
  • The Glass has Shattered; Summer Storm; Kiss of Winter by Robin Hood, p. 150-151
  • The Boy by Patt, p. 151
  • You Touch Me by Dana Austin Marsh, p. 152
  • Motive by Lee Owers Sansome, p. 152
  • Invasion by M.E. Carter, p. 194

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 16

See reactions and reviews for Decisions.
See reactions and reviews for Shadows.
See reactions and reviews for Tholian Legacy.
See reactions and reviews for Tilting at Windmills.
See reactions and reviews for Grand Canyon Sweet.
See reactions and reviews for Certainties of Being.
See reactionsand reviews for Crossing the Line.
See reactions and reviews for In the Dark.
See reactions and reviews for Kiss My Vulcan....
[frontispiece by Deeb]: When I receive a zine, I always look at the table of contents first to see what kind of a treat I'm going to get This time I didn't get the chance, my eyes were immediately drawn to that color drawing. Them seem so together. An act of beauty. [13]
[art by Deeb on page 80]: I just flipped over this unusual drawing of Kirk and Spock in what I presume to be the throes of pon farr. Black background, white flame, figures that are almost silhouettes but not quite. Spock's head is thrust back, pelvis thrust forward against Kirk. Kirk's hands firmly gripping Spock's ass. The figures seen to leap off the page, and in fact, do escape the borders of the picture. Wonderful dynamics, contrast. Exquisite! This piece is facing a marvelous poem by Natasha Solten that perfectly captures Spock's feelings at this most vulnerable time. I don't know if the picture was intended to illustrate the poem or vice versa, or if the editor paired them, but they fit together perfectly, each enhancing my pleasure in the other. [14]
[frontispiece art by Deeb]: I like the colors in this Pre-Reform K/S illo. The background is the same green tinge as Spock's skin. This is the first time I have ever seen Spock with a different skin tone that contrasts with Kirk's. Very nice sheen on the emerald around Spock's neck. My housemate thought that this Spock looked like his image of Qyuannechota, A Native American female a/u Spock from Leslie Fish's gen Trek novel, THE WEIGHT. Now, I don't think this Spock looks feminine, but he does look sensual and very mysterious.[15]
[zine]:
  • Grand Canyon Sweet / Michele Arvizu, Sweet little interlude for the couple on vacation
  • In the Dark / J.S. Cavalcante, Strange AU tale with James as Greek (?) villager, captured by the god Spock, working in various Vulcan characters we know and the Greek gods.
  • Decisions / Endings / Interdict - trilogy of stories by Rosemarie Heaton, Nice relationship misunderstanding/resolution trilogy, with show episodes running along in the background.
    • "Decisions," First-time for K & S, while Spock comes down with anemia, and McCoy has objections to the relationship. Kirk has trouble restraining himself, to the point of endangering Spock, and Kirk fears having to choose between a sexual liaison with Spock and McCoy's friendship.
    • "Endings," Kirk and Spock find their relationship deteriorating over misunderstandings after Kirk's attraction to Rayna. McCoy is now in role of matchmaker, trying to get the pair back together and coaching Spock on handling his emotions.
    • "Interdict," On a mission to explore potential agricultural colonization of a supposedly uninhabited planet that had been previously interdicted by Vulcan, Spock is captured and abused by telepathic beings. The telepathic attack results in Spock's rape of Kirk.
  • Kiss My Vulcan... / Mildred Manhill, Spock flees in a shuttle rather than take appropriate steps to survive pon farr; leaving the message: "Hate space. Neck-pinched McCoy. Stole shuttlecraft. Kiss my Vulcan butt!" Kirk pursues.
  • Crossing the Line / Kathy Stanis, Kirk in drag.
  • Tilting at Windmills / Pandora, Christine is confronted by Kirk & Spock's relationship. Disturbing portrayal of Chapel as frigid, controlling, uncomfortable with sex.
  • Shadows / Alice Hooker, Another slave-Kirk and Lord-Spock story. Couldn't get through this one.
  • Tholian Legacy / Patricia Roe, After V'Ger, Kirk refuses to head home. McCoy is getting nervous. Interesting premise here - Kirk is having traumatic syndrome and recall of lost memories from the Tholian episode after suiting up to rescue Spock from V'Ger.
  • Certainties of Being / M.E Carter, Another first-time, nicely done. A spontaneous bond formed between Kirk and Spock in "Amok Time," but Kirk doesn't know it, and Spock can't tell him for fear of his anger. When he does, it's a year later and Kirk, confused about what he wants, really is angry. McCoy thinks it's a fine match and tries to help get them together, as does a Medusan Spock is working with experimentally. The accident that causes Kirk's amnesia also destroys his bond to Spock; his subsequent marriage to Miramanee convinces Spock that he is not wanted. Meanwhile, Kirk desperately misses effects of the bond he didn't know he had. And Spock tries to test his own response with a male prostitute. [16]

Issue 17

front cover of issue #17, by Shelley Butler: "On the Bridge" (winner of a 1996 STIFfie Award) -- : At first glance this is a nice G-rated scene of Kirk and Spock on the bridge, conferring on some problem of major import to the galaxy. It's beautifully drawr of course. Then you notice Kirk's eyes-he's looking at Spock, whose face we can't see because he has his back three-quarters turned to the audience and is looking at Kirk-and the tilt of his shoulders, the set of his arms and hands. The eyes and body language make this the most passionate drawing of Kirk fully clothed you are ever likely to see Talk about bedroom eyes on the bridge1 Kirk's eyes positively smoulder. He looks so hungry for Spock he could devour him on the spot The magnetic connection him and Spock is as palpable and powerful as a tractor beam. If I could catalog all the emotions Kirk projects in this deceptively workaday scene. I would fill up the rest of the page. Yearning, hunger, desire, devotion, adoration are a few that come to mind. If you ever need to explain to someone how K/S fans see K/S in aired Trek, show them this wonderful drawing. If you need a piece of art to hang where your grandmother can see it. you might consider this one. Just don't let her look too deeply into Kirk's eyes unless her heart is in very good shape." [17], also see the reviews.
interior art by Killashandra

T'hy'la 17 was published in 1996 and contains 178 pages. Cover by Shelley Butler.

The zine as a whole won a 1996 STIFfie Award, as did the front cover and two stories.

  • "First Course" (by Michele Arvizu) (Kirk tries to tempt Spock into staying in the room with him when he accompanies his lover to a conference where Spock is to give a speech.)
  • Journey's End by Jenna Sinclair (by Jenna Sinclair) Illustrated by Shelley Butler (The crew think Kirk and Spock have parted when, as the mission ends, they seem to be avoiding each other. Prequel: Manna Sequel: One Night.)
  • "Reminiscence" (by ME Carter) (A/R: After his wifeʼs death, Admiral Kirk takes an extended visit to Spockʼs home on Hreldor.) (winner of a STIFfie Award)
  • Spindrift (by Judi) (A/U: Kirk is rescued from his disabled ship by the Enterprise captained by Spock who stills desires him. Prequel: Chiaroscuro.)
  • No Brighter Moment (by Killashandra) Illustrated by Killashandra (Kirk is brainwashed to try and destroy the Enterprise, while McCoy attempts to stop the epidemic raging on board the ship.) (winner of a STIFfie Award)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 17

See reactions and reviews for No Brighter Moment.
See reactions and reviews for First Course.
See reactions and reviews for Spindrift.
See reactions and reviews for Reminiscence.
See reactions and reviews for Journey's End.
[art: by Shelley Butler -- "Uhura Watches"] Tucked in between two stories, this Shelley Butler between pages 6 and 7 is a horizontal threesome of Spock, Kirk and McCoy on the bridge. (Part of Uhura is in the background.) Kirk is on his command chair and almost completely drawn head to boots. His attention is riveted on Spock as is McCoy's. Both men look as ifthey are expecting some information from Spock. Spock is shown in profile and appears to be deep in thought as if mulling over what he is going to say. This is an excellent drawing of the three men.[18]
[cover art]: I can only guess at how long such a picture took Shelley to draw, it seems to me that the detail in it must have taken ages. Here she perfectly captures the feel of the bridge, with the captain leaning over the railing to gaze at his first officer seated at the science station. We see Spock's face in perfect profile, the sheen of his hair, the way it's cut so perfectly in the back... Kirk is facing us with his hands folded, looking very open to Spock, obviously looking him full in the face. But I get the idea his eyes aren't exactly focused on his first officer's eyes, his vision is more an all-encompassing one. He is oh-so-seriously considering whatever it is that Spock has told him, but he's also taking in more.... This picture makes me feel very much at home, as if this were a true vision of the way things are, down to the three other figures in the background tending their duties as good Starfleet officers should, letting their captain and his Vulcan commune. I also like very much the perspective of the picture, sort of looking out from the science station. One expects the POV of the viewscreen for this sort of picture, but Shelley decided not to take the easy, typical way out and gave us something unique instead. [19]
[cover art]: My eyes widen with appreciation, my jaw drops in wonder. How does this artist do this? Photo Realism is one of the hardest forms of artwork to achieve and this woman achieves in spades. Look at the details, pick out the strands of Spock's hair, note the texture of both men's tunics; that's velour, not cotton, not satin. Shelley's gift for rendering an object as we see it is remarkable. This is a thoughtful captain in one of my favorite poses...leaning over the railing by the Science Station quietly listening to a report from Spock. Look at Kirk's face; eyes and attitude all 100% concentrated on the Vulcan. And Spock's pose itself returning that concentration and the riveted eyes. Even now just remembering this drawing I can hear Spock's voice in my head gently imparting some fascinating bit of information to his captain. This is much more than just a drawing (as if any of Shelley's work could be labeled 'just a drawing'), it tells a story, it makes us wonder and think...and that is the function of an illustration.[20]
[cover art]: I am in awe of Shelley Butler's art! She is not only prolific, she handles her subjects with such infinite delicacy and grace. I own one of her originals and I study it with my nose almost touching the paper, trying to see how she achieved the wonderful gradations of light and shade, texture and depth. The only answer, of course, is that Shelley is a talented and accomplished artist and we are indeed fortunate to have her.

I want to add my words of praise for Shelley's wonderful cover art to everyone else's and congratulate her on winning the gold Philon award.

She captured the fleeting moment of an electric gaze between K & S supremely well, from the contemplative, almost quizzical look on Kirk's face to the angles of their bodies, leaning in toward one another.

One thing I might have suggested to Shelley if I'd seen an early sketch of this illo, would have been to tone down the background a bit, especially in the area between the two figures. In movies, this is called, "soft focus." As it is now, the crew member sitting between the figures and all the lights and configurations of the control panels fight for our attention. It becomes harder to concentrate on the faces of the guys, who should be our main focal point.

For an example of what I'm driving at, check Shelley's interior illo opposite page 10 in the same zine. The setting is similar, but the area between the figures is left largely open.

To get a better idea of what I am trying to convey, try placing a piece of translucent tissue paper in the area between K & S on the cover illo. This should cause the background to recede somewhat and the faces to pop into focus, drawing our full attention to the intimate connection between the friends, making this illo even more compelling than it already is. This is a very minor quibble and I've hesitated to even mention it. Shelley's talent is without dispute, and I don't want to seem to be second-guessing her. This is something I would have said about any illo with similar components. I hope these remarks are seen as more helpful than critical, as I intended them to be. [21]

Issue 18

front cover issue #18, Chris Soto
back cover issue #18, Chris Soto

T’hy’la 18 was published in July 1997 and contains 150 pages. Front and back covers by Chris Soto, color frontispiece by Deeb, and a portfolio by Shelley Butler.

frontispiece from issue #18, Deeb -- From a fan: "This artist has always had a thing for long-haired warrior Spocks. Good thing, too, because so have I. And this one is a beauty! A marvelous rendition complete with bared chest, pierced ear, painted eyes and thigh-high boots. (Briana, take note!) Gorgeous and sexy! You can do these forever, Deeb, and I'd love each and every one. [22]. Another fan said: "Stunning color piece showing an exotic Spock dressed in a sensual blue (take-me-to-the-casbah) outfit, complete with thigh-high black boots and a slit-to-there vest Heart be still. He's also wearing totally gorgeous eyeshadow (one of my favorite things on Spock—especially in the series!) and holding what looks like a glass of wine. I describe this, not because you can't see it for yourself, but because all the detail is so beautiful and so imaginative. I love the pillows and the fur (faux, I’m sure [23]) rug he's sitting on. Even the little bit of mosaic tile floor that we see. And those neat weapons adorning the walls, or maybe curtains as it could be a tent out there in the Vulcan desert. This artwork was done using watercolor and I know just how unbelievably hard watercolor is to work with. Deeb has used it to perfection with vibrant colors and strong blacks that make this one of my personal faves. I would love to know the title of this beautiful piece.[24]
From the editorial:
Welcome to T’HY’LA # 18. I hope you enjoy the stories and poetry included.

Shortly before I went to press, I learned the sad news that Chris Soto passed away In late spring, 1997. Chris' talents graced fandom for many years, and she shared those talents in so many different ways: art, writing, music videos. She was a truly lovely person, and she will be very much missed. This issue's covers are among her last works. T’HY’LA # 19 is being published simultaneously with this issue. I am now seeking submissions for #20 and future Issues. Next deadline: December 31, 1997.

About the stories: "The Rematch" and "Strong Together' are both set during the series. Turning Point", which was first published on the Internet, is set at the end of the five-year mission. "Homeless Hearts" is post-STV. “Distrust” is an AU which is nevertheless close to aired Trek, and draws on many of the series’ episodes. “Beside the Wells”, an AU, was first published on the Internet.
  • Turning Point (by Killashandra) (At the end of the 5 year mission, Kirk takes Spock to New Orleans after hearing that he has lost the Enterprise. Sequel: Full Circle.) (1)
  • The Rematch” (by Karin Porter) (Kirk and Spock become reacquainted and build on the brief encounter they experienced preceeding Kirkʼs taking command of the Enterprise. (Prequel: “A Brief Encounter”, perhaps the one in issue #11 by Amanda Warrington.) (47)
  • You Have Become (by Khylara) (63)
  • Distrust (by Rosemarie Heaton) (Lt Kirk meets and falls in love with Spock but leaves in anger when, back from a mission, he learns how Spock has been supporting himself.) (64)
  • Spock Remembers (by Khylara) (106)
  • Beside the Wells (by Susan Legge) (A/U: A Vulcan takes the human Jim Kirk as slave, but never owns him.) (107)
  • Homeless Hearts (by Michele Arvizu) (After a monthʼs absence, Kirk returns to Spock who he had left for a woman.) (112)
  • Strong Together (by Susan Legge) (Kirkʼs solution to making money while he and Spock are in New York of the 1930ʼs eventually brings about an understanding for both men.) (125)
  • Crucible and Fusion by Anna S. Greener (148)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 18

See reactions and reviews for Turning Point.
See reactions and reviews for Strong Together.
See reactions and reviews for Beside the Wells.
See reactions and reviews for Homeless Hearts.
See reactions and reviews for The Rematch.
See reactions and reviews for Distrust.

Issue 19

front cover of issue #19, Shelley Butler -- "A wonderful study of two officers, on the bridge of their ship: Spock contemplating the comp slate in his hands, or something Kirk has just said: Kirk contemplating Spock with a serious look, conveying trust, expectation, and I'm sure, love. It's an intense gaze that may say, "I'm waiting, Spock." Has he asked for complex coordinates or a clandestine meeting after shift? One may imagine whatever one chooses, all the while adoring this living room acceptable piece done in loving, Shelley style and impeccable detail. Instruments, finely veined hands, perfectly downcast eyes (Spock) and piercing gaze (Kirk). Everything or anything could rest on this moment."[25]

T'hy'la 19 was published in 1997 and contains 108 pages. The cover and frontispiece portfolio are by Shelley Butler.

The zine won a 1997 STIFfie Award. Shelley Butler's "Spock at Gol" was nominated for a STIFfie, but lost out to her own "The Pieta" in First Time #46.

Stories:

Poetry:

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 19

[See reactions and reviews for All This Sweet Work.
[See reactions and reviews for Playing Chess.
[See reactions and reviews for Imaging Flames.
[See reactions and reviews for In the Gold of the Morning.
[See reactions and reviews for Never and Always Lovers.
[See reactions and reviews for Standing Watch.
[See reactions and reviews for Tableau.
[front cover art]: This is another in what is fast becoming a Shelley Butler signature piece-a scene of Kirk and Spock on the bridge-and I think it is perhaps her best work of this type so far It simply blew me away. It is difficult to describe what I find so appealing. Perhaps it is because the artist caught them being so essentially themselves. Two Starfleet officers at work, doing what they do best. Yet there is a rapport between them, an ease in each other's company that is evident in Spock's relaxed posture, (shoulders slightly hunched forward, hands resting on a compuslate, body leaning against the science console). Kirk appears to be seated in Spock's chair, listening as always to his science officer impart some piece of data, yet at the same time he is looking up at Spock's face through those amazing lashes of his, watching Spock's face with total absorption. They are physically apart and yet psychically in complete synch with each other. Every line of their bodies shouts it. The electricity, the unity between them is so obvious. They might as well be naked and whispering love words to each other, and yet this is far more erotic!

Technically the drawing seems perfect to me. Several artists have told me how difficult Kirk's face is to get right, and even the best of our artists sometimes miss completely. But not here. This is Kirk. This is Spock. I can almost feel the texture of Spock's uniform shirt, the sinews and veins on those elegant hands, the shine on Kirk's hair, each strand of Spock's as it catches the light. Ummm. I also like the way the edges of the drawing fade away into individual strokes, directing attention back where it belongs onto the two central figures.

Definitely a picture to treasure, and I do. Thank you, Shelley. Long may you draw! [26]
[front cover art]: This Is the third bridge scene that I recall Shelley doing within the past year or so, and it's hard for me to know which I like the best. The cover of T'hy'la 17 was rightly called one of the sexiest K/S pictures ever done, and the interior art from that zine, Uhura Watches, will forever be remembered because of the secret message on the bridge plate, "Kirk loves Spock." But this picture on the cover of T'hy'la 19 — well, my breath catches every time I look at it

It's so frustrating reviewing art when I know so little about it. But I love this picture because it seems so real. I almost believe I am a part of the scene, an ensign working a little further down the curve of the bridge, watching my two commanding officers confer. Perhaps this is because of the way Shelley has drawn their bodies. Spock is leaning back against the science console, a tricorder or com-pad braced against his stomach, looking down at some information under discussion. Kirk is seated in Spock's chair, leaning back in it and turned toward his first officer, all his attention (as always) focused on Spock. I love the expression on his face; this is serious business! This is excellent composition; no stiff, unbelieveable bodies here, but the everyday intensity that must be a regular part of life on the Enterprise's bridge.

If I have a complaint it's the excessive definition of both their hands with veins and, I guess, musculature. Unfortunately that's a big part of the perception of the picture, since Spock's hands are smack dab in the middle of the piece. [27]

Issue 20

T'hy'la 20 was published in September 1998 and contains 220 pages. The cover is by Shelley Butler. It contains no interior art.

"Calendar Vulcan" -- front cover of issue #20, Shelley Butler: "Oh gorgeous. Spock bare-chested in open (synthe)leather jacket. This is the stuff of fantasies, and truly one of my favorites. As to the art and technique of Ms. Butler, it's superlative. Her style is always so fine, but this one has a particular clarity in the pencil work that goes really well with this light-hearted and innocent Spock. Innocent yet so sexy. The sexiest Spock face ever, because it's so natural. I don't think he's looking at Kirk, but I think Kirk's sure looking at him. Oh yes, and the thumbs hooked in the wide leather belt with macho buckle...well maybe he's not so innocent after all." [28]
From the editorial:
Welcome to T'HY'LA # 20. I hope you enjoy the stories and poetry included In this issue. About the stories: "Full Circle" Is Killashandra's sequel to her "Turning Point", and just as gorgeous as the original. "Full Circle", "I Call You Captain* and several poems explore the consequences of Gol and V'ger. The other stories are all set during the series. "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"; What happens when just about everyone wants to give Kirk and Spock a surprise party, and all the plans conflict? The haunting "Dark Star" Is based on "The Enterprise Incident". "Small Packages" is just about the funniest story I've ever read. "What He'd Do For Love" is a fantasy about the fates and free will. "The Wedding Gift", "The Life That Lies Before" (pre-serles) and "The Edge" (a powerful story which explores some of the darker consequences of Vulcan biology and human pride) showcase Jungle Kitty's wide-ranging talents.
  • Full Circle / Killashandra (Sequel to "Turning Point," T'hy'La #18) ("Kirk turned on him, eyes blazing. 'What the devil did you think you were doing out there, anyway?' He began to pace again, agitated. 'Did you think you could prove something? Or were you trying to get yourself killed?' 'Both,' the Vulcan confessed, quietly. -- Spock has left Starfeelt, left Kirk, for Gol. And Admiral Kirk, Chief of Starfleet Operations, is slowly falling apart. When the V'Ger crisis brings them back together, they must find some way to go on...") (winner of a 1998 Philon Award) (1)
  • The Life That Lies Before by Jungle Kitty (Kirk thinks back after the death of his brother to when, as a cadet, he was raped.) (77)
  • The Wedding Gift by Jungle Kitty, (Kirkʼs conversation with a fellow passenger while on his way back to the Enterprise gives him the incentive to confess his feelings to Spock.) (83)
  • The Edge by Jungle Kitty (Kirk and Spock have a sexual test of wills that leaves both bloodied but answers questions of their place together.) (88)
  • Kisses by L.A. Lee (97)
  • Small Packages by T. Jonesy ("Kirk picks out the perfect gift for Spock. What McCoy chooses is another matter indeed. And when the Doctor slyly substitutes one gift for another, farce reigns.") (winner of a 1998 Philcon Award) (98)
  • I Call You Captain by Rosemarie Heaton (Spock pushes both Kirk and McCoy away as the 5-year mission ends.) (136)
  • What He'd Do For Love by Dana Austin Marsh (143)
  • Gentle Sleeper and A New and Precious Secret (147)
  • Don't Ask, Don't Tell by Chris Jones ("The efforts of virtually everyone on board the Enterprise to give Kirk and Spock an unforgettable party send everyone on board on a wild and merry chase throughout the quadrant.") (winner of a 1998 Philon Award) (147)
  • Green Leaves of Never and The Blooming by Robin Hood (192)
  • They Say that Sometimes Dreams Come True by L.A. Lee (193)
  • Dark Star by Greywolf the Wanderer (After Kirk steals the cloaking devise, Spock is kept aboard the Romulan ship and forced into pon farr." And, "The Romulan Commander is well aware of the reason the Enterprise has penetrated Romulan space to steal the cloaking device. But she has motives of her own... and what she plans for Spock will forever alter his life...") (191)
  • Not Like This by Greywolf the Wanderer (220)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 20

See reactions and reviews for Full Circle.
See reactions and reviews for Dark Star.
See reactions and reviews for The Life That Lies Before.
See reactions and reviews for The Wedding Gift.
See reactions and reviews for The Edge.
See reactions and reviews for Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
See reactions and reviews for I Call You Captain.
See reactions and reviews for Small Packages.
See reactions and reviews for What He'd Do For Love.
[cover art]: I know I have had to have reviewed this before, but, heck, this picture is good enough to be done twice. The cover to T'HY'LA 20 is the famous pencil Spock in jacket (leather or denim, I forget which) that Shelley Butler did in 1995. I love the slightly enigmatic expression he has on his face and, also, the small touches she added such as the IDIC pendant he is wearing and the fact is hair is slightly windblown. It's a perfect a/u long haired contemporary Spock just waiting to be paired with one of her Kirks-- maybe the one of Kirk in his leather jacket. I normally don't notice Spock pictures but this ones demands being noticed. [29]

References

  1. from The LOC Connection #47
  2. from The LOC Connection #52
  3. from The Legacy of K/S in Zines: 1991-1995: Publisher by Publisher
  4. from Come Together #3
  5. "As far as I am concerned, I favor the 'Feyrer Double Ridge' theory."
  6. from Come Together #3
  7. Shore Leave con report Come Together #8
  8. from Come Together #7
  9. from Come Together #7
  10. from The K/S Press #58
  11. from The K/S Press #58
  12. from Come Together #19
  13. from The K/S Press #4
  14. from Come Together #21
  15. from Come Together #29
  16. from Halliday's Zinedex
  17. from Come Together #32
  18. from The K/S Press #58
  19. from The K/S Press #1
  20. from The K/S Press #2
  21. from The K/S Press #13
  22. from The K/S Press #14
  23. I doubt it, as he is “a long-haired warrior Spock.”
  24. from The K/S Press #14
  25. from The K/S Press #64
  26. from The K/S Press #12
  27. from The K/S Press #12
  28. from a fan in The K/S Press #29
  29. from The K/S Press #60